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Principals decry over 100 per cent transition

Secondary school principals in Nyamira have expressed their fear of accommodating high numbers of form one learners with the current state of school infrastructure.

Most of the secondary schools in Nyamira County will be congested with learners as form ones are set to report in August.

Nyamira’s St Peters Nyakemincha Secondary school is among the few schools in the county that is expected to admit a high number of learners this year after the 100 per cent transition requires that all learners be admitted to secondary schools.

The institution Principal Leonard Murungi says the system has piled pressure on several school heads who are now required to admit learners who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations despite the marks they scored.

He further argued that most of the schools in the county and the region have no enough structures that can accommodate the rising number of learners seeking admission in the institutions across the county, which has posed a challenge especially for the schools that accommodate students as boarders.

“We are having difficulties in trying to have all the form one students that have come for requests for admission in our various institutions. Most of our schools do not have enough facilities that can accommodate all of them and we are thinking on tactics of accommodating them by the fact that they must be in school,” Murungi said in an interview on Sunday.

He expressed his fear esecially during the feeding since he said he has 1600 students in his school and has to reason out a way of feeding them in shifts to avoid congestion having it in mind there is the Covid-19 pandemic.

Murungi now calls for the government to have as many schools as possible to cater for the increasing number of students who are seeking admission from Primary schools to Secondary schools since, with the 100 per cent transition, there will not be enough schools to accommodate the learners.

He also pledges with the government to pump resources to the existing institutions so that they can have better and enough infrastructure to accommodate the learners in secondary institutions.

By Darlington Mose

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